Social Security Disability Benefits Tag

The Disability Interview Demystified.

When you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) or Supplemental Security Income benefits (“SSI”) (collectively, “disability benefits”), one of the first things the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) will do as part of its screening process is to conduct an interview with you. This interview, is commonly referred to as the “disability interview.” Because it comes so early in the disability application process, many people do not hire counsel and do nothing to prepare for this interview. This can be a mistake. Once you understand how difficult it is to be awarded disability benefits, you will understand that the disability interview is a very important part of the process. You...

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Can You Take it With You? What Happens to Disability Benefits if You Leave the Country?

If you have applied to the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI”) or Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) you know that it’s a long, difficult process. You probably also know that in life, things don’t always stay the same.  So what happens to your SSDI or SSI benefits if your life situation changes and you move out of the country? Let’s see. Which Program Are You Receiving Benefits From? Before you can determine what may happen to your benefits if you leave the country, it is important to know which disability benefit program you are on: SSDI or SSI. Because of the similarity in the abbreviated names...

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What Steps You Can Take If You Are Denied Social Security Benefits.

Of the more than 6 million people living in the State of Louisiana, 3.9 % receive Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) or Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) benefits. Every year, thousands of people apply to the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) for disability benefits. Thousands may apply but more than half of these applications will be denied initially. What Can You Do if Denied Benefits? Before we look at what you can do if denied benefits, it is important to understand how important your disability application is. Disability claims get denied for a number of reasons, however, many people make the mistake of not realizing just how important their application is. Incomplete applications and applications that...

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Disability Hearings and Vocational Experts: What’s it All About?

Most claims for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) are denied by the Social Security Administration (“SSA”). In fact, the SSA is known to deny more than half of all disability claims submitted to it. It is also well-known that the road to disability benefits is a long, complicated and confusing one. Which is why, if you are thinking about applying for disability benefits, you should hire disability counsel to assist and represent you. Because most disability claims are denied initially and after reconsideration, many applicants do not see any success unless they appeal the denial of their claim to...

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What To Expect At A Disability Hearing

If you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) from the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) you probably should not expect to be awarded disability benefits either after initially applying or even after reconsideration. With very few exceptions, most disability applications are denied both initially and after reconsideration. However, your chances of qualifying for disability benefits dramatically improves—especially if you are represented by counsel— at the hearing level. In Georgia, about 62% of all disability claims are approved after a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”). What Happens at a Disability Hearing The administrative hearing is your (and your counsel’s)...

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What Are FICA Taxes and How Do They Affect Your Disability Benefits?

If you are permanently disabled and need financial assistance, you might want to consider applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). SSDI is not a relief system for partial or temporary disabilities or illness. Instead, it is designed to give U.S. workers some financial assistance if they are permanently disabled and unable to work. Qualifying for SSDI To qualify for SSDI benefits, you must meet the strict requirements of the Social Security Administration (“SSA”).  This means that in addition to meeting the SSA’s definition of “disabled,” you must have worked long enough and have paid into the federal tax...

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The Difference Between VA Disability Benefits and Social Security Disability Benefits

When it comes to disability benefits, things have a way of getting pretty confusing. That’s because there are several disability programs and more than one government agency that administers its own disability benefits program. For example, the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) provides Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) to disabled individuals, including veterans. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) also provides disability benefits to veterans. So what are the differences between these two government programs? Let’s see. Some Differences Between Veteran’s Disability Benefits and Social Security Disability Benefits One fairly obvious difference between SSDI and VA benefits is that the...

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Increase Your Chances of Being Awarded Disability Benefits With These 3 Strategies

If you have a permanent disability that prevents you from working long enough or consistently enough to make at least $1,220 (or $2,040 for statutorily blind individuals for 2019) a month,  then you might consider applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). While SSDI benefits may be right for you, it is important to know that being awarded disability benefits is a long, complicated, confusing and often frustrating process. Which is why, even at the application stage it is best to have experienced social security disability counsel to represent you. Proving your case to the Social Security Administration...

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Disability Hearings and Vocational Experts: What’s it All About?

Most claims for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) are denied by the Social Security Administration (“SSA”). In fact, the SSA is known to deny more than half of all disability claims submitted to it. It is also well-known that the road to disability benefits is a long, complicated and confusing one. Which is why, if you are thinking about applying for disability benefits, you should hire disability counsel to assist and represent you. Because most disability claims are denied initially and after reconsideration, many applicants do not see any success unless they appeal the denial of their claim to...

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Receiving Disability Benefits? Think Before You Post on Social Media.

If you are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”), you know how difficult and time-consuming your road to ultimately being awarded benefits was. You also know that you need the benefits you get simply in order to survive.  No one knows better than you that you don’t want to do anything that would jeopardize your receiving those benefits in the future. One part of your life that you need to give some thought to is your social media. Why? Because how long you spend posting on social media and what you post and say about yourself  just might get your SSDI...

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